A joint inspection of services for children and young people at risk of harm in the Scottish Borders partnership

A joint inspection of services in the Scottish Borders partnership has found key strengths that are having a significant and positive impact on the lives of children and young people. Inspectors also noted some areas which could further improve.

The report notes that children, young people and families benefited from supportive and trusting relationships with staff across services.

The recognition of - and initial response to - risks and concerns to children was identified as a strength. Staff took timely and appropriate action to keep children safe.

Read more

Meaningful connection literature review

The Anne's Law project team has published a literature review

The project aims to uphold the rights of people who live in adult and older people’s care homes, with a particular focus on promoting meaningful social connection and community involvement.  To enable the project to provide evidence-based guidance and support, a review of published literature on the subject of meaningful social connection for people who live in care homes was completed.  It was envisaged this would enable a greater breadth and depth of understanding of issues relevant to the project and provide a clear narrative for future work.

This review provides an in-depth narrative on the effects of social isolation and the importance of connection for people living in care homes and discusses the key themes emerging.

Read more

MHRA urgent safety notice

NHS National Services Scotland have published an urgent safety notice.

This notice applies to NHS Boards, local authorities and any contractors providing publicly funded health and social care services. 

Read more

Royal College of Nursing – mouth care during end-of-life care

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) have launched new guidance to support nurses and care staff to help support good mouth care during end-of-life care.

This guidance can also be used by the person receiving care, their relatives and those important to them. The guidance covers:

  • Why is mouth care important at the end of life?
  • Products used to assist mouth care
  • How to prepare for mouth care
  • Advice and FAQs
  • Things you should not use
  • Mouth care poster

The guidance can be found here.

Read more

SSSC revised Codes of Practice consultation now open

After speaking to stakeholders, registrants and employers last year, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is now consulting on proposed changes to the worker and employer Codes of Practice and is asking for your views.

Read more